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Using canned cherry pie filling

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My mother gave me some canned goods that she has no intention of using. Among them are two cans of cherry pie filling. Any suggestions on what to do with them? I'm looking for something midwest-church-potluck style, though without Cool-whip or Jello.

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  1. How about a cheesecake or some kind of black forest-ish cake? I have never used canned cherry pie filling but I have come across a lot of black forest cake recipes which use it. I think cherries and chocolate would be a nice flavor combo for this time of year.

    1. I would use cherry pie filling on top of cheesecake.

      1. Cherry tarts would be my first pick. Maybe add a bit of lemon juice and zest to the filling.

        1. I mixed them into a chocolate cake a while back, and it was very good.

          1. This is about as pot-luck as you can get. There are hundreds of variations for Dump Cake...this is just one of them:
            http://www.duncanhines.com/recipes/ca...

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            1. re: critter101

              I like to use those for a double-layered crisp. Use an 8x8 pan
              Make up 1 1/2 times a recipe for an oatmeal crisp. put half of it in the bottom and pat down, prebake at 350 for about 10 minutes. In the meanwhile, open one of the cans and put the filling in a strainer, then rinse off the "filling" part to leave behind the cherries. put these in a bowl with the other can of (whole) filling and add 1/4-1/2 t of almond extract. Taste it and you might want to add some lemon or lime juice as well. Then pour that on the hot prebaked crust and top it with the rest of the crisp mixture, which should be clumped into little nubbins. Then bake it for about 30 min or until it's a deep toasty brown.

            2. Dump cake is an oldie, but very tasty and crowd-friendly. Also extremely easy to make. Just a personal thought, I would omit the pineapple.
              http://allrecipes.com/recipe/dump-cak...

              1. Cherry turnovers! You could make them from scratch or take a page from my 11 year old. He likes to make them either with frozen puff pastry or his personal favorite "grands" bisquit dough.